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Business Planning & Strategy
Rakuten USA, Inc.
00011317 Requisition #
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Rakuten's mission is to empower people and society through the internet. If you are an MBA holder (or equivalent experience) who wants to join us in this mission and are looking for a dynamic and challenging working environment, we are looking for business leaders who will be able to further develop and connect the dots of our global expansion. We expect you to help improve our business and create brand new business ideas to further strengthen Rakuten’s global expansion using your experiences, knowledge and personal connections.


The role will support two sets of activities:

  1. Global Ad Division, Rakuten Inc

The Global Ad and Media Business planning department serves as Business Planning arm of the Global Ad Division GEVP and act as a hub of all the communication among multiple key stakeholders. The members of this department have opportunity to interact with Global Ad Division GEVP, as well as CEOs in the Americas/Europe/Asia (including Japan) region. This is an excellent opportunity to observe, and understand, dynamics at the executive level. There are two types of key activities in this office: ones which require a steady cadence, strong attention to detail, and disciplined execution. The second type of activity set is very broad ranging, and, depends on the GEVP’s current priorities.

  1. Media and Sports Company, Rakuten Inc

With the mission of accelerating expected business outputs delivery by providing clear and well-sorted information and recommendation to support the president of Media and Sports Company, the Global Ad and Media Business planning department is uniquely positioned to identify and facilitate significant organization wide initiatives across Media and Sports company. For instance, a member of the team may target the problem of creating synergy for Data Sharing and Monetization while there are functional problems need attention like how to establish common operational process across businesses among Media and Sports Company businesses. The Global Ad and Media Business planning department will frame the problem (what are we solving for), articulate which key stakeholders should be involved when/how, and, proactively identify roadblocks and risks. They will be working very closely with multiple colleagues in Japan reporting to M&S Company president.

Overview of Activities
  • Work closely with functional leaders to assist in establishing and accomplishing strategic direction and priorities identified
  • Work closely with businesses partners in Japan for business management (KPI management)
  • Ability to work extended hours beyond normal work schedule to communicate with teams in Europe and Asia depends on needs. Also, comfortable with deadline-driven work.
  • Develop reports that summarize information and insights to support Global Ad Division GEVP/Media and Sports Company president
  • Identifying problems and finding solutions in the business you may be aligned with
  • Visualize issues and next steps and negotiate with multiple stakeholders under manager’s support

Ideal Candidate Traits:
  • You have experience and/or good understanding of business management
  • Be able to grasp the fundamentals of new concepts and technologies quickly
  • You have ambition, and are motivated to develop your tool-set
  • Learning and results oriented
  • Organized, and disciplined. Determined to complete tasks as well as projects.
  • You have strong communication and interpersonal skills to build relationships and communicate cross functionally with diverse teams and stakeholders
  • MBA Degree (or equivalent experience)
  • Minimum 1-2 years business experience (including internship) in a fast-paced challenging environment
  • At least 1 year experience of following would be a plus:

- Matrix organization with >1000 employees

- Multi-national/global company with multiple product lines

- Fortune 1000 company

  • Willingness to work with multiple teams across multiple time zones
  • Responsive and reliable to unpredictable deliverables requiring same-day turnaround
  • Proficient at PowerPoint and visualization at senior executive communication level
  • Cross-functional experience (in foreign countries as a bonus)
  • Business project planning (management consulting/investment banking a bonus)
  • Experience with business modeling
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skill
  • Business level PC Skills: Proficient in MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Japanese language skill is not a requirement but a great bonus

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